Minister promises to improve healthcare

2012-07-05 22:29

Johannesburg - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced measures to beef up state health services at a conference in Johannesburg on Thursday.

These included sending more students for training to Cuba, building new hospitals, refurbishing nursing colleges and appointing a health ombudsman.

From September this year, 1 000 matriculants will be sent to Cuba to train as medical doctors, up from the current 60 students per year.

Government also planned to pay private sector doctors to work a certain number of hours at state clinics.

The minister said the state would spend R1.4bn on the refurbishment of 102 nursing colleges across the country.

"We believe the decision to close nursing colleges was a wrong decision," he said.

Motsoaledi said while the public sector had to improve its efficiencies, the private sector needed to control its costs.

"Health is a public good. It cannot be left to the dictates of the market," he said.

Motsoaledi said his department would try and improve hygiene, infection control, long queues in hospitals, drug shortages and the safety of staff.

A health ombudsman would be appointed to create a platform for the public to lodge complaints.

Motsoaledi said there were plans to introduce a school health system which would deal with immunisation, the use of drugs and alcohol, and teenage pregnancy.

  • Taetjo - 2012-07-05 22:47

    He's a politician, a large part of his job is rhetoric. Making promises.

      keith.gough - 2012-07-05 22:55

      But at least his promises are original and have come from forethought and are not a knee jerk reaction. - 2012-07-05 23:42

      If i can remember 1994, a whole string of promises were made, that till this day has not come to past. Lies, lies, lies and more lies by saying that he gets to spend his huge salary for a few years till they realize he lied and then they are going to get another guy, that looks exactly the same as him, to come and make the same false promises we have to live with for the next few years. - 2012-07-05 23:47

      And this propaganda comes out no in the wake of a court case where the government is taking a bunch of doctors to court for speaking the truth about the state of government hospitals. If you say something to discredit this stupid government they shut you up. Or this dumb news 24 editor removes your comments. It seems we can't win, but they are wrong, people will realize sooner than later what is going on. And now they want to shut the media and whistle blowers up too. LMFWAO if Zuma is not a dictator then i am an aborigine.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-06 00:50

      His promise means less than a dog lifting his leg against a tree

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-06 08:33

      heard it all before, and we will hear it again in a year when nothing has changed.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 10:26

      'These included sending more students for training to Cuba' I seem to remember a time when SA medical training was considered to be one of the best in the world. Didn't we perform the first heart transplant after all?

  • Koos - 2012-07-06 01:40

    "We believe the decision to close nursing colleges was a wrong decision" Eish, this is the same idiot that said the Cuban doctors are so good they even cure AIDS.

  • Zama - 2012-07-06 03:27

    Talk is chip. When is that 2014 before national election? Well said mr minister, in that budget how much is your cut?

      fani.masemola1 - 2012-07-06 09:56

      uyahlanya wena nja. This is the most perfoming minister

  • victor.windsor - 2012-07-06 05:43

    Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah lipservice again !!!!!

  • andre.marx - 2012-07-06 06:12

    "We believe the decision to close nursing colleges was a wrong decision," he said It took the ANC 18 years to realise this.

      Koos - 2012-07-06 06:46

      I knew, before it happened that handing the country over to these clowns were a wrong decision and I'm not even a doctor.

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